If money did not matter, what would you do with your life? Is it possible that you might be happier doing something other than what you are doing now? If so, why aren’t you doing it?
This path of choosing a new direction in your work life, or living with the conflict that you would rather be doing something else, may be a challenge you have not yet embraced. To ﬁnd and harness a dream and to feel what it is like to go for it at all costs involve some of the toughest decisions you will make in your life.
The transition, however, is generally made easier when your self-esteem and personal conﬁdence are high.
Without an honest appreciation of the face you see every day in your mirror, without feeling you are trustworthy and deserving, the easy decision is to say, “I think I won’t change; it’s too painful.”
When we feel good about our plans and ourselves, and when we feel conﬁdent about our direction, the change is much easier. When we do what we love, we not only get more done, but we do it better, more efﬁciently, and our rewards are enormous. When we live out that decision, money and security cease to be our only payments.
The Truth About Change
A change in career or vocation is an important decision, but such a decision can give you the heightened level of fulﬁlment you have been missing for years.
It takes power, conﬁdence, courage, and faith to break ground in a new vocational direction. That is why we must be passionate about why we want to do it (the most important decision) as we acquire the skills of how to get it done.
Usually, to choose to go in a new direction creates a considerable degree of fear, but since our decisions have now become value- and purpose-based, most of this borrowed anxiety will never manifest itself. Still, however, fear and loathing have a way of sneaking up on us. That is why we must not let fear develop a life of its own. If we do, it will inhibit us, control us, and render us helpless.
In making a vocational change, we will invariably move out of our comfort zones. Generally speaking, after we make the change, we will ask ourselves, Why did I wait so long?
We do not have to give up our day job to begin the journey of becoming what we want to be tomorrow.
When we feel good about ourselves, we will make decisions with conﬁdence. If we do not see ourselves as worthy, we may not decide at all, but to decide not to decide leads to a life of frustration, when a simple, right decision might have directed us toward the happiness we seek and deserve.
Bottom line: When you do what you love, you will do it better, with a greater sense of commitment, more attention to focus, and with a stronger feeling of purpose and alignment. In fact, it is harder to fail at something you love than it is to succeed at something you dislike.
“What most people do not realize is that to avoid failure is to avoid all chance for success.”